100 year old abandoned Chattanooga hotel to get a makeover

The owner hopes to have the new hotel finished by spring or summer of 2018.

Right across the street from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo sits another building.

The St. George Hotel is also historic but it's been empty for the past 30 years.

But, not for much longer according to Marta Alder who owns the building.

"I've been coming here all my life and I just want to do good and I want to make sure Chattanoogans have a great hotel they can call their own," Alder said.

In the renderings of the new 55-room hotel, Alder plans to keep its original shape with a few additions like an underground parking garage, rooftop bar, and jazz bar on the ground floor.

Tuesday night, Alder held a public meeting at the English Rose Tea Room.

Some voiced concern about the new portion that might take up space in an already narrow alley between the hotel and the Clark Centre.

The Clark Centre has apartments upstairs and shops and the restaurant Blue Orleans in the bottom.

Many who live in that building were there.

"From our entrance way then the garage juts out. It's going to be even closer," one resident said.

Alder says the city has approved the plan, except for the rooftop.

She's cut back 2 feet of her plan to allow more room for the alleyway.

Alder has another meeting with the city on Thursday at 2 p.m.

She will now need approval for her additions: the bar and spa on the roof of the building.

She hopes to open the hotel in Spring or Summer of 2018.

Other businesses in the area say they're excited for the new business.

Adam Kinsey, the president of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, said"

"We are excited about the possibility of the historic structure being saved and believe that it is further proof of great growth in the Southside neighborhood."

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